The Lightning have won three consecutive games in the series after dropping the opener, and their 4-3 overtime victory Friday night in Boston may turn out to be the backbreaker in the series.
"Going into Game 5 with [New] Jersey and again with Boston, you don't want to let the series linger and give them life", Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan told reporters following the win.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Bruins have allowed the first goal in each of the three losses and would be much better served by playing with the lead.
Game 5 started very similar to Games 2, 3 and 4. Minutes later, Miller stole the 2-1 lead on a powerplay that existed because of Patrice Bergeron's first penalty of the series.
The Lightning created all kinds of trouble for a battered Bruins blue line in this series by using an aggressive forecheck.
Rick Nash continued to struggle early, as a few minutes after Point's goal, he was called for tripping and the Bruins were shorthanded. The Lightning goalie stepped up in a last-ditch surge for the Bruins to close the door on the series. Kucherov didn't even get an assist on the play, meaning he didn't touch the puck. Against Tampa in the second round, the scoring depth has been nonexistent for the Bruins. But at the end of the day, we've got to find a way to play through it.
Right after the goal, Vasilevskiy robbed Tim Schaller with a great save, and Rask robbed Stamkos with a glove save on his breakaway attempt.
The Lightning came into game five with history on their side as no Tampa Bay team had ever blown a 3-1 series lead.
For the second time this postseason Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was caught licking the face of an opposing player.
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Following the Komarov incidents, Marchand denied reports that the NHL had asked him to stop licking players, which the league later confirmed. The goal by Stamkos tied it at 3-3 with 7:04 left in the third period.
An unfortunate trend in this series has been the bad officiating.
"As for the calls", he continued, "we're all kind of exhausted talking about it". The first came when David Pastrnak was called for a high stick against Victor Hedman. But, it was the Bruins who capitalized.
OutSports notes that Marchand has ironically been the Bruins' NHL-appointed ambassador to the LGBT community for two years.
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The B's didn't score on the powerplay, and focused on closing out the game.
Lightning forward Brayden Point opened the scoring for the Lightning 10:43 into the second period to even the game at 1-1 after a dazzling backhand shot beat Rask. "We can't really let that get us down".